|Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.
|The KDP AGM will be held on the evening of Thursday 31st March 2022. Please get the date in your diary now. More information and an invitation will follow soon.
| 2022 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Stories. This will be a year in which stories inspired by, created, or written in Scotland will be showcased and celebrated.
The Community Stories Fund will support organisations and community groups to take part in and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories, spotlighting the unique stories that matter to them with new, creative events, activities and programming.
Applicants are invited to respond to any of the five, cross cutting Year of Stories 2022 programme strands: Iconic stories and storytellers New stories Scotland’s people and places Local tales and legends Inspired by nature The second funding round is for activity taking place in the second half of 2022 and closes at 5pm on 18 March 2022.
Learn more here.
| Support in Mind Scotland has been funded by the Scottish Government to work with them to improve the mental wellbeing of people in rural communities as we all recover from the pandemic. The Rural Community Engagement Fund is part of a larger community engagement project, working directly with people in local communities to raise awareness, identify need and work collectively to develop creative local solutions to address local needs.
Local groups and organisations across Scotland’s Rural Communities are now able to apply for micro grants of up to £2,500 to support and promote mental health recovery following the pandemic in Scotland’s rural communities through community engagement and support approaches.
| Climate Week North East is 10 days packed full of fun, inspiring and interesting events, designed to raise awareness of climate change but, more importantly, show what we can all do to make a difference and reduce our carbon footprint, live sustainably and increase biodiversity in a fun way. It will be held on 18-27th March 2022.
Events differ each year but generally include family fun days, guided walks and bike rides, upcycling events, tours, wild meadow making, workshops and discussions, conferences, litter picks, films and talks, craft and story sessions, information drop ins and challenges.
They welcome any events that have as their focus how you are or we can reduce carbon emissions, live sustainably and increase biodiversity. If you have an event you would like to put on during CWNE even if it’s simply to showcase what you currently are doing, then get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more here.
| Pedal for Scotland events are free to enter, inclusive and non-competitive.
These events help make cycling accessible to more people across Scotland, with a particular focus on families and people new to cycling by providing a safe and fun environment.
Community organisations can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 to organise beginner-friendly, local cycling events in 2022.
Two grants are available: Up to £10,000 for Pedal for Scotland events with 250+ participants, delivered in partnership with Cycling Scotland Up to £1,000 for community cycling events with 50 – 250 participants, delivered independently. See full guidance for details on the specific aims for each of the two streams.
| Now in its 16th year, the Scottish Charity Awards are designed to celebrate the best of the voluntary sector by highlighting the best, most innovative and effective work from the past year by those who make a difference in our communities.
The award categories are Employee of the Year, Trustee of the Year, Community Action, Campaign of the Year, Charity of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Digital Citizen, Pioneering Project and Climate Conscious; with the winners to be decided by a panel of judges and announced at an awards ceremony on 15 June 2022 in Glasgow.
All finalists will also be entered into the running for the People’s Choice Award, giving members of the public a chance to vote for their favourite finalist to win.
Charities can apply until 12pm on Friday 18 March 2022.
| Every day, Scotmid donates to projects that benefit the communities they serve.
They are hosting a Community Funding Q&A on Monday 21st February at 1pm.
Join their Communities Managers online to find out more about how good causes can benefit from: Fundraising support Community Grants of up to £500 Community Connect funding of up to £15,000 One-off funding for special projects If you are unable to join the meeting, email your questions ahead of the event to email@example.com.
Join the meeting here.
| The Mary Salmond Trust offers grants of up to £500 to groups or individuals from the North East of Scotland.
They aim to support the advancement of community development, by encouraging activities which have a public benefit. They are also keen to promote projects which focus on children and young people’s health and welfare, training and education, civic responsibility and volunteering.
The next Trustees meeting will be on 23 March, and applications should be submitted by 21 March.
Learn more here.
| Are you a member of your local community council? There is a new Facebook page designed to support community councils across Scotland. There’s news, access to free training and advice all in one place. You can find the Facebook page here. They also have a website.
KDP is here to help in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.
Mairi & Margo